EV chargers to be placed every 60km along motorway network under new plan announced by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan

Measures for the delivery of a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network have been announced by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan.

The plans would see a network of EV chargers placed every 60km along the motorway network.

They also include the delivery of chargers in homes, destination charging and chargers in residential neighbourhoods.

“The National Road Plan constitutes the first part of a National EV Charging Network Plan, focusing on the En-Route, Motorway and Primary and Secondary Road Network,” Mr Ryan said.

"The Plan sets out ambitious targets for the level and coverage needed for charging on our national roads network, including chargers installed every 60km on major roads.”

Plans for new charging points will support the Government’s Climate Action Plan and the transition to a fully decarbonised transport sector by 2050.

Universal Design Guidelines have also been launched to ensure new EV charging stations can be used easily and conveniently by all users.

“The Universal Design Guidelines have been developed to support the rollout of well-designed, easy-to-use charging infrastructure across the country,” Mr Ryan added.

"The Guidelines have been developed following a review of international and industry best practices and engagement with a diverse group of stakeholders, and provide the opportunity to be leaders in the world for accessibility and functionality.

“Both measures provide additional reassurance and certainty for EV drivers, and those thinking of making the switch to EVs, that they will be able to find high-powered, fast and convenient EV charge-points where and when they need them.”

A public consultation has been launched by Mr Ryan for the delivery of a Regional and Local Plan focused on public charging points placed in cities, towns and villages across the country.

“The Regional and Local EV Charging Network Plan provides a path for the accelerated delivery of regional and local networks of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in cities, towns and villages across Ireland,” he said.

"In line with both national and European ambitions for clean transportation, it ensures a cohesive and standardised approach.

"This will be led by local authorities working together to develop regional strategies that promote a unified and efficient rollout of charging infrastructure, and facilitate the nationwide integration of EVs.”

The closing date for submissions to the public consultation on the Regional and Local Plan is July 19.

Responses will inform the development of a final document on the plan to be published in the second half of this year.

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